Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin spoke to MU freshman Javon Pickett during the second half of what turned out to be a victory for the Tigers over Illinois on Dec. 22, 2018, in St. Louis.
Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin spoke to MU freshman Javon Pickett during the second half of what turned out to be a victory for the Tigers over Illinois on Dec. 22, 2018, in St. Louis. Jeff Roberson AP
Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin spoke to MU freshman Javon Pickett during the second half of what turned out to be a victory for the Tigers over Illinois on Dec. 22, 2018, in St. Louis. Jeff Roberson AP

Alex Schiffer has been covering the Missouri Tigers for The Star since October 2017. He came in second place for magazine-length feature writing by the U.S. Basketball Writer’s Association in 2018 and graduated from Mizzou in 2017.